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relentlessflame 2011-12-12 23:19

AnimeSuki Winter 2011/2012 Banner Contest - Entry/Submission Thread
Winners Announced! Thanks to all who participated in the contest and discussion!

AnimeSuki Winter 2011/2012 Banner Contest

  • Theme: Winter (Note: Not including Christmas/holiday themes)
  • Content Requirements: Must contain anime-related artwork, fit the above theme, use background gradient shown below, and meet AnimeSuki's general content guidelines.
  • Technical Requirements: 760 x 100 pixels, JPEG/PNG/GIF (no animation), max 60 KB (61440 bytes)
  • Number of Submissions per entrant: One (1)
  • Judging Methodology: User Vote
  • Contest Opening: 14 December 2011
  • Submission Deadline: 27 December 2011
  • Voting Phase: 28-31 December 2011
  • Announcement of Winners: 1 January 2012
  • Duration of Rotation: January to March 2012 (random rotation)
  • Background Gradient:
Contest Rules & Policies
  1. All entries must include anime-style artwork/characters, whether the art is official or fan-created. To the extent possible, all artwork must be sourced (see note below).
  2. All entries must reflect the "Winter" theme, or feature the AnimeSuki Mascot Kairin.
  3. All entries must use the background gradient provided above as the base layer for their submission, as this gradient will form the background of the whole top bar of the forum.
  4. All entries must incorporate the "AnimeSuki Forums" title in their artwork, in a legible font. (Your entry should also not incorporate your username or other handle.)
  5. All entries must be static images (no animation) measuring 760 pixels wide and 100 pixels high. Files may be in JPEG, GIF, or PNG format, with a maximum file size of 60 KB (61440 bytes).
  6. Each member may submit one (1) banner and have one (1) post in the Entry/Submission Thread. If you wish to edit/remove your entry, use the Edit Post option. Any additional posts in the Entry/Submission Thread will be deleted without prejudice or further warning.
  7. All discussion about this contest must occur in the Collaboration/Discussion Thread. The Entry/Submission Thread is only to be used for your submission.
  8. The contest deadlines are reflected in the summary table above. Deadlines shall take effect at 0:00 (12:00am) UTC on each respective day.
    You can also check World Time Server or Time Zone Converter to help you work out what time this is near you.
  9. We may disqualify any banner deemed to be offensive or inappropriate, or that doesn't otherwise seem suitable for use as a Forum Banner.
  10. Contest winners shall be decided through a user voting system, details of which will be announced at vote-time.
  11. All banners submitted shall become property of AnimeSuki and may be used now or in future years without asking your permission.

To test your banner...
We have a tool that will allow you to test the look of your banner to make sure that it will look nice on our Forum. To use, perform these steps:
  1. Upload your banner draft to any online image host
  2. Copy the URL to your banner to the clipboard on your computer (Ctrl+C/Cmd+C)
  3. Click on one of the following links:
  4. Paste the URL to your banner in the "Banner:" box (Ctrl+V/Cmd+V) and press the "Set" button.
Please ensure that your banner blends smoothly to the background gradient on both edges, and that it looks as intended in both colour schemes.

Submission Procedure:
There are two threads for this contest: the Collaboration/Discussion Thread and the Entry/Submission Thread. The Entry/Submission thread is for your final submission only (though you may edit your posts until the contest deadline). For all other discussion and to collaborate with other artists, please go to the Collaboration/Discussion Thread.

We recommend the following:
  1. Review any existing conversation or ask questions in the Collaboration/Discussion Forum to get any relevant clarifications before you begin.
  2. Work on your draft.
  3. Post your draft in the Collaboration/Discussion Thread for feedback from other forum members and artists.
  4. Make revisions to your draft based on feedback received.
  5. Once you're happy with your submission, post it in the Entry/Submission Thread along with the related attributions. (If you need to revise further, just edit your post.)

We strongly recommend that you follow the discussion thread and check-in on your entry from time-to-time throughout the contest to make sure there are no issues or concerns that need to be addressed with your entry. If you just enter an image and then "forget about it", it's possible it may have been disqualified and you'll never know, so please participate in the Collaboration/Discussion thread and at least check-in once before the deadline.

About Sourcing Artwork:
We would ask that all contest entrants include the source of any artwork they incorporated into their design, including if possible the anime franchise and whether it is official art or fan-made (including the name of the artist, if available). If using fanart, we encourage you to ask the original artist for permission if at all possible, but we recognize that this may be difficult in some circumstances.

NOTE: You don't have to link to the URL where the image can be found, so long as you name the series and that it's either official art or fan art (and who the fan artist is, if at all possible).

To all fan-artists and copyright holders: If you see a banner that contains your art and you do not provide permission for it to be used on our Forum or in this contest, please contact the Forum Staff with the related evidence, and we will comply with your request for removal.

Thanks for your participation in this contest, have fun, and good luck!!

This is the Submission/Entry Thread.
Only post in this thread one time with your submission and related attributions.
For all other discussion (or to submit your drafts for review by fellow artists), please go to the Collaboration/Discussion Thread.

Reverzer0 2011-12-15 04:55

1st blood", Onna.jpg

The anime character is from Nurarihyon No Mago named Yuki Onna.

Image Source:

edited: gradient change and left border.

ahelo 2011-12-16 23:01

Well time to pass this.
Character: Makise Kurisu from Steins;Gate
Image from:

ganbaru 2011-12-17 04:08
Character: Original, from a picture by goto-p :
Background made from this picture from arsenixc :

Krytonis 2011-12-17 08:05

People have to take risks at least once in their life... It's time for me :)

Anime: Code Geass
Character: Lelouch Lamperouge / Lelouch Vi Britannia
Render Source:
Fanart by Lunariha (Many Thanks!)

khoa1708 2011-12-17 15:19

Luffy, One Piece

Source: One Piece manga chapter 598

Bila 2011-12-17 16:58

Source: Kantoku -
Char: Corticarte Apa Lagranges

Ryonea 2011-12-18 00:33

Anime: K-ON!
Characters: Hirasawa Yui & Kotobuki Tsumugi
Source: Official Art
Artist: Kakifly
Preview: Beige | Blue

milan kyuubi 2011-12-18 02:12

Series: Kagura Douchuu-ki
Character: Raidou Nazuna
Preview: Beige/Grey & Blue.

TsundereCake 2011-12-19 22:24

Characters: Kikuchi Makoto (left) and Hagiwara Yukiho (right)

Suomi 2011-12-19 22:28

Quite proud of this :)

render :


snowy backdrop:

Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats


Hiroi Sekai 2011-12-19 22:39
Anime: K-ON!
Characters: Hirasawa Yui (left) and Hirasawa Ui (right)
Source: Official animation, Season 1/Episode 7 of anime
Previews: Beige|Blue

I quite like the result; maybe by next time I'll have actually used Photoshop more than 5 times. xD

Good luck to everyone, and awesome banners!

ReinZwei 2011-12-19 22:40

Series: Touhou
Characters: Yuyuko and Youmu

blaze0041 2011-12-20 02:40

Work has been driving me into the ground, so let's get this over and done with!
It's also summer down here at the moment, albeit a very wet and cooler than normal one so far...

Ika Musume (Shinryaku! Ika Musume)
Art and background from season 2, episode 10 of the anime (Shinryaku!? Ika Musume).
Beige preview | Blue preview
Fonts used: Rambling BRK | Throw My Hands Up in the Air
Snowflake brush

The "&" symbol isn't handled correctly in the "&bnr=" part of the full test page URL, which would need to be replaced with "%26".

felix 2011-12-21 18:18

Series: Black Rock Shooter
Character: Black Rock Shooter

Ichigo-Sora 2011-12-21 22:51
Series: Touhou
Character: Cirno
Source: pixiv, Danbooru

limao 2011-12-22 07:57
Found the image of the girl on a blog through google search, I don't think it's part of a real anime series at least it's not mentioned.

Katapan 2011-12-22 09:58

Series: Mawaru Penguindrum
Character: Himari
Preview: Beige, Blue

Marina 2011-12-23 07:08
Series: Fate/Zero
Characters: Irisviel von Einzbern and Ilyasviel von Einzbern
Sources: Render is official artwork found on danbooru and the bg is fanart from deviantart by ~arsenixc

Revelation 2011-12-24 00:35
Series: Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Characters: Jessica Ushiromiya and Kanon
Source: Fanart - Maekawa Suu (Danbooru)
(Left background - Wallpaper site)
Preview: Beige Blue

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